15 Manga to Cheer You Up After a Bad Day

One of the worst guarantees in life is bad days. We’ve all experienced them, but luckily there is a handful of manga that can help brighten our days!

1Yotsuba&!

Mangaka: Kiyohiko Azuma

Genre: Comedy / Slice of Life

Chapters: 98 (Ongoing)

Quick pitch: Yotsuba Koiwai is an energetic and curious five-year-old girl who moves to a new city with her adoptive father. Her naivety of the world means every day is an adventure.

 

Mangaka: Kiyohiko Azuma

Genre: Comedy / Slice of Life

Chapters: 69 (Finished)

Quick pitch: Azumanga Daioh follows the disjointed and surreal school lives of six friends and two of their teachers. The series chronicles three years of high school in a low-key, character-driven comedy.

 

Mangaka: Keiichi Arawi

Genre: Comedy / Slice of Life

Chapters: 210 (Finished)

Quick Pitch: Yuuko Aioi, Mio Naganohara, and Mai Minakami are high school friends, and their seemingly normal life is filled with absurd moments. The bizarre lives of eight-year-old inventor Hakase, talking cat Sakamoto, and the robot Nana Shinonome also intersect with the trio’s daily lives.

 

Mangaka: Izumi Tsubaki

Genre: Comedy / Romance

Chapters: 89 (Ongoing)

Quick pitch: The story follows Sakura Chiyo as she tries to confess her feelings to Nozaki-kun, a student who is a renowned shoujo mangaka. Thinking Sakura is a fangirl, Nozaki gives her an autograph and allows her to work as his assistant.

 

5Gakuen Babysitters

Mangaka: Hari Tokeino

Genre: Comedy / Slice of Life

Chapters: 79 (Ongoing)

Quick Pitch: Following a plane crash that killed their parents, brothers Ryuuichi and Kotarou find themselves living with the chairwoman of Morinomiya Academy. She lost her son and daughter-in-law in that same crash. As a condition for her care, Ryuuichi must spend his non-school time working at the academy’s daycare, which is where Kotarou will spend most of his days.

 

Mangaka: Kozue Amano

Genre: Coming of Age / Drama / Science Fiction / Slice of Life

Chapters: 67 (Finished)

Quick pitch: By the 24th century, humans have terraformed and colonized Mars. Now named Aqua, the planet is home to Neo-Venezia, which is a harbor city teaming with narrow canals and rustic beauty. Akari Mizunashi is a free-spirited teen from Earth and joins the Aria Company so she may become a tour guide for Neo-Venezia.

 

7Squid Girl (Shinryaku! Ika Musume)

Mangaka: Masahiro Anbe

Genre: Comedy / Fantasy / Slice of Life

Chapters: 419 (Finished)

Quick pitch: Ika Musume is a ruthless, menacing creature from the ocean…or at least that is what she thinks. Ika decides to “conquer” the human word as punishment for polluting the ocean but instead gets caught up in misadventures.

 

8Angel Densetsu

Mangaka: Norihiro Yagi

Genre: Action / Comedy

Chapters: 89 (Finished)

Quick Pitch: Seiichirou Kitano has the heart of an angel, but the face of a demon. The classmates and staff at Kitano’s new school think he’s a violent heroin addict, which makes him the de facto leader of the school’s delinquents. Kitano is blissfully unaware of his situation, but that doesn’t stop him from accidentally becoming the school’s guardian from rival gangs.

 

9Yokohama Shipping Log (Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou)

Mangaka: Hitoshi Ashinano

Genre: Science Fiction / Slice of Life

Chapters: 142 (Finished)

Quick Pitch: Alpha Hatsuseno is an android that runs a café outside of Yokohama. Humanity is in their twilight era and has accepted a simpler life after failing to prevent environmental catastrophes caused by their old ways. Alpha travels with her trusty scooter and camera to enjoy the passage of time and making new friends.

 

Mangaka: Atto

Genre: Comedy / Slice of Life

Chapters: 77 (Ongoing)

Quick Pitch: The small village of Asahigaoka lacks the conveniences of the city: their school only has a single classroom! But the five girls of different grades never fail to find an adventure in their rural community.

 

11Horimiya

Mangaka: HERO (Writer) / Daisuke Hagiwara (Artist)

Genre: Comedy / Romance

Chapters: 84 (Ongoing)

Quick Pitch: Kyoko Hori is a sunny and popular high school girl, which contrasts with her gloomy classmate Izumi Miyamura. However, they two have different personas outside of class: Kyoko loves dressing down and taking care of her household while Izumi is covered in piercings and has a tattoo. They promise to keep each other’s true personalities a secret, which leads to a close bond between them.

 

12Tomo-chan wa Onnanoko

Mangaka: Fumita Yanagida

Genre: Comedy / Romance

Chapters: 691 (Ongoing)

Quick pitch: Tomo Aizawa successfully confessed her feelings to Junichirou Kubota. There is one problem: Junichirou sees Tomo as a buddy due to her tomboy nature. The series follows Tomo as she navigates the friend zone and tries to get Junichirou to fall in love with her.

 

Mangaka: Chihiro Ishizuka

Genre: Comedy

Chapters: 39 (Ongoing)

Quick pitch: Makoto Kowata moves to the quiet town of Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture to live with her second cousins as part of her witch training. The abundance of nature is ideal for helping Makoto hone her skills, which seem peculiar to her family and new friends.

 

14It’s Difficult to Love an Otaku (Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii)

Mangaka: Fujita

Genre: Comedy / Romance

Chapters: 33 (Ongoing)

Quick Pitch: Narumi Momose is a hardcore fujoshi and Hirotaka Nifuji is a gamer. The pair hasn’t seen each other since middle school, but are shocked to learn that they are co-workers at the same company. A night of drinking leads to a revelation of their hobbies, and they decide to start dating. However, their tendencies lead to very awkward moments with their fellow otaku co-workers.

 

Mangaka: Shoutarou Tokunou

Genre: Comedy

Chapters: 80 (Ongoing)

Quick Pitch: Aoba Suzukaze is a high school grad and joins Eagle Jump, a video game company that produced her favorite game. She joins as a character designer and works under her idol, Ko Yagami.

 

16We Never Learn (Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai)

Mangaka: Tsutsui Taishi

Genre: Comedy / Harem / Romance

Chapters: 42 (Ongoing)

Quick Pitch: Yuiga isn’t a top student, but he’s always been great at studying. Instead of preparing for his college entrance exams, he’s ordered to tutor literary genius Furuhashi and science wiz Ogata in their weakest subjects.

What manga do you read when you have a bad day?

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